October 25, 2012

Moonraker

Benched

"They don't make 'em like they used to." The nice man said as he hefted the big green bench into my car.

I garbage picked again.

Driving into our neighborhood on one of the nicer streets this couple was hauling a beautiful green bench... to the street! I turned around and went back and asked them if I could take it. They were so super nice- it was a good quality item but they had it for many years. They carried it back up their driveway while I dropped off the kids to make room. I came back and there they were still waiting, and they even put it in my car.

It wasn't until I got home that I realized maybe I should have offered them something for it? I might drop a card on their doorstep. I should do that.


Africa
Africa

I raked the leaves in our front yard by moonlight because I needed the air and I'm embarrassed by how nice the neighbor's yards look. I want stuff like that to matter to me, too, so I thought they'd appreciate it in the morning. It felt good.

In my dream last night the kids were riding bikes and there were little trees swaying all around us, and I put my face to the sun and told myself to write this down, to remember when the trees were small and moved like that.


Some other things from this time that I don't ever want to forget:
  • The way Carter moves his hands when he explains something.
  • My early early early mornings with Noah before he gets on the bus.
  • Looking over at Ivy in bed this morning and seeing her baby face. It comes back when she sleeps.
  • How much she's been asking about God, and did he move to Ohio, too? And asking why is that girl singing "we are never ever ever getting back together" again?
  • How cute Gray is HOW CUTE HE IS and how good he is and how he waits at the bus stop while I watch from the window.
  • The chipmunks and the squirrels and how there was a time I could just look out the window and watch and be truly silly happy.
  • Reaping the bounty after saying no and letting go and how good a slow life feels, to have more time than commitments (note to self: please revisit if you slip and forget. Make it happen again.)


Chippy
Chippy

13 comments:

  1. Oh, I looooove reading this. So many things I love in here.

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  2. This is beautiful. (And my yard is a mess). xo

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  3. makin' my heart smile.

    i'm glad you're where you are. [and i know you know that's a lot for me to say because i'd love you still here.]

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  4. I love Africa and big green benches and God in Ohio and the slow life. I'm getting closer, but there are still things to let go. Why is letting go so hard, even when you want to let go?

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  5. This post read like a breath of fresh air. Love the bench!

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  6. I was JUST writing a "to not forget" list this morning. Kendall tied her own shoe for the first time, but it was the pride and excitement in her voice -- not the milestone -- that I want to remember. And that last bullet point makes me smile BIG. Good for you! It is a brave thing to pull back and just let life. Enjoy. :)

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  7. I cannot believe they were getting rid of that awesome bench! It fits your four perfectly. :D

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  8. Love the bench! I also love it when my calendar doesn't have any commitments written down on it.

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  9. Love Love Love this post! The man who made the comment about the bench "they don't make em' like they use to" reminded me of something Poppal would say. It was your day to be blessed and you sure did. I'm glad you finally got a picture of chippy. And I'm so glad you are lovin' your new life.

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  10. That last one hit hard. I was awake a lot of last night thinking about how to do just this.

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  11. I haven't had time to read blogs in a while, and your kids are so big now! Beautiful family and awesome bench! I love it when things like that happen. I feel terrible about our yard compared to the yards of our neighbors, most of whom are retired. Next door we have a retired Navy veteran. You can see an obvious line where his yard ends and ours begins. It is marked with dandelions.

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